Week #7 of Distance Learning

posted May 7, 2020, 4:05 PM by Michelle McGarry

Dear St Francis families,


I hope this email continues to find your family healthy and navigating these unusual times. If you need support, please don’t hesitate to reach our to your educators or myself.  As always, we welcome your feedback.


Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week celebrates the ongoing gift of publicly-funded  Catholic education. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.  

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8, 2020.  More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario normally take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community.  

Sadly, given our current circumstances, all Ottawa Catholic School Board in-person activities have been cancelled, however we would like to take this celebration to a virtual model.  As a Catholic community, we are called to “Ignite Hope” in our community. To support this, the amazing EAs at St Francis have made up a fantastic slidedeck Boredom Busters  to support connectedness and hope amongst our St Francis families!  Feel free to take a look at the activities, enjoy them and add to the deck if you wish!  Additionally, each day, the Board will invite all our families to demonstrate their hope for others and themselves with a Twitter message:  

Monday - For the ones we love - send a message of hope to someone in your family

Tuesday - For the ones who teach us - send a message of hope to your educator(s)


Wednesday - For leaders - send a message of hope to a leader in your community/world

(government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis) 


Thursday - For those in need and those who care for them - send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, The Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, frontline and healthcare workers


Friday - For yourself - send yourself a message of hope - for today and the future 


How do I do this?

  • Write a message of hope

  • Draw a picture

  • Find a symbol or object from nature

  • Witness an act of kindness in your community


Capture by video or photo and send that hope-filled message to your family and those you love!  Be sure to share your message using the hashtag #ocsbHope and @assisiOCSB.  You can also put it on our Flipgrid



We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week 2020 this year with your messages and images of Hope in our community!


Take care,

Michelle McGarry


 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
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